Metro passenger claims icy walkway caused permanent injuries

Kelly Holleran Dec. 15, 2008, 4:23am

A Glen Carbon man has filed suit against St. Clair County Transit District and Metro, alleging he was seriously injured after he fell on ice on a walkway outside a train station located at Emerson Park.

Glen Ahlers was walking toward the train station on Dec. 16, 2007, when the incident occurred, according to the complaint filed Dec. 9 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Because of the fall, Ahlers suffered severe and permanent injuries resulting in a disability and injuries to his right lower extremities, the suit states.

He also claims he suffered great physical pain and mental anguish, lost earnings, incurred medical expenses and suffered a reduction of his future earning capacity.

St. Clair County Transit District and Metro were negligent by failing to remove the snow and ice in a proper manner, failing to place salt and ice melting chemicals on a walkway after removing snow, partially removing snow and ice from the walkway, but creating a condition in which the snow and ice would melt then refreeze into black ice and failing to properly inspect the area in which passengers were directed to walk, according to the complaint.

In the two-count suit, Ahlers is seeking a judgment in excess of $100,000, plus costs.

He is represented by Ronald S. Motil of Beatty and Motil in Glen Carbon.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 08-L-1157.

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